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A Supreme Court case against the Andrews government over the $16 billion North East Link is all but over, after three of the four councils leading the action pulled out after accepting taxpayer-funded sweeteners.
Boroondara and Whitehorse councils on Thursday joined Manningham in withdrawing from the legal battle over the most expensive road project ever to be built in Victoria, after reaching a settlement with the government.
An artist's impression of a section of the North East Link. Major construction on the project is due to start next year.CREDIT:VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT
The move left many fighting against the impact of the road angry, with two campaigners saying the councils were failing in their duty to protect residents.
Contracts to build the massive toll road linking the Eastern Freeway and Metropolitan Ring Road via tunnels beneath Bulleen and Rosanna are expected to be signed by the end of this year.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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